Urban Landscape + Lifestyle Photography

Perfect timing at last year’s AZIZ rooftop show

Austin Fashion Week 2011, AZIZ Salon Rooftop - Austin, Texas

Austin Fashion Week 2011, AZIZ Salon Rooftop – Austin, Texas

Sometimes it all falls into place. I shot this photograph about a year ago at the 2011 AZIZ rooftop event during Austin Fashion Week. My recent posting on the 2012 AZIZ grand opening reminded me of this image and I dug it out of my archives. As I recall, it was a very hot day and being on top of a roof didn’t help. The fashion show was delayed somewhat and the timing couldn’t have been more perfect. The sun was setting and I captured the model against these pastel clouds in between the Austin skyscrapers. The peak sunset color only lasts for a few minutes and the fashion show just happen to coincide.

Here is the way I shot it. To get the saturated, colorful background, I dropped the exposure compensation down 2/3 of a stop. When you make the exposure darker, colors usually increases in saturation. To make the foreground and the model brighter, and to offset the negative exposure compensation, I used my external flash. It is a good technique to use, especially if you have adequate flash power to illuminate the subject but want to bring out the color in the background.


Please make sure to click on the photograph to see a larger image and hover over the photo to see the exposure details.

This is the equipment I used at this AZIZ fashion show. I used my Canon 7D with a Canon 18-135mm f3.5-5.6IS lens. I also used the Canon 430EX flash which was replaced by the Canon 430EX II. If you are thinking of buying this camera or lens please use these links. You will get the same low Amazon price and I’ll get a small commission, which helps support this site.

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